Two sexy doms and one wee little submissive. That's totally my catnip! Well, usually. Mischief and the Masters, didn't quite hit all my buttons. Which was a huge surprise since usually Sinclair's books get high marks from me.
The guys. Max and Alastair were yummy. Alpha, dominating, occasionally rather...creative. They're cousins--though one is black and one white-- and I liked their relationship and dynamic together. These two had each other's backs and while different in careers/personalities they complimented each other.
The sexy bits. Scorching as usual. Sinclair knows how to write some steamy goodness. And has some fun with it. There were a lot of scenes with just one of the guys and the heroine but eventually the menage scenes kicked in.
The wedding. *sigh* There was a wedding for a previous couple and there were some bits that got me really choked up. Some fun silly moments with the doms and some nice games as well.
What Didn't Work:
The heroine. Yeah. I had some hardcore heroine issues. *sadness* Uzuri just grated on my nerves. Everything about her came back to her being black or poor or having a stalker. I got really tired of the constant 'my teachers hated me because I was black, my co-workers hate me because I'm black (and they hate poor people), you only want to scene with me because I'm black, the girl on the subway stared at me like I was a criminal because I'm black (but really she just liked her outfit), she can't ask her friends for help in a life or death situation because...she's a 'strong black woman'. It was just too much. One odd thing was how much emphasis was put on the heroine being black but one of the heroes being black...hardly any emphasis or issues for him.
Usually there's a richness in the hero/heroine dynamic and you really feel that connection/bond with them. That was missing here. They were hot as a trio but I never felt that happily ever after/true love bit with them. The chemistry was just off.
There were also a couple of pretty glaring inconsistencies or bits that just weren't totally thought out.
Social issues. Black vs white, rich vs poor, gun control (yeah there was a bit about the cop lamenting people legally owning AR-15s). It was, again, too much. I rolled my eyes a few too many times at all the "PC social narrative" that seemed to pop out. I don't remember ever feeling that way during one of Sinclair's books so it really stood out.
Overall, I struggled with Mischief and the Masters. I've read other interracial menages or m/f romances and enjoyed them. But I felt like Mischief and the Masters was trying a bit too hard and stepping too carefully writing-wise so it felt forced instead of having the typical flow I expect from Sinclair's writing. I didn't hate it but it was definitely my least favorite of the series and not what I expect from Sinclair. Her books usually flow but this one felt forced and took me more than 5 days to finish. I would say read the series because it's been fantastic overall (and book one is free) but not every book can be for every reader and this one just happened not to be for me. This one landed a 3.5 to low-end 3 stars....more
Oh damn. Yall! Sexy alpha male with a troubled past, a knock out heroine who's strong and caring, make-you-pant sex scenes, a herd of sweaty hockey players just...everywhere. Gah. Yes! Hard Hitter hit all those happy yummy spots.
The quick of it is that Ari is the hockey team's yoga instructor and massage therapist. And Doulie, the team's captain and enforcer, has an injury she's supposed to work on. Only thing? He hates being touched by anyone. Challenge accepted!
I really loved these two. They're both dealing with personal issues that have left their lives a bit messy. She's got a crazy ex that won't go away. He's dealing with injuries and some bad choices because of them. They're both a little hesitant, strong willed and damn good at what they do. And holy hell are they fucking hot together.
Yeah. The heat in this one is through the dang roof. These two seriously had me squirming. It's not an erotic romance but, yeah, the sex scenes definitely had that sexy edge to them. Lordy! It was delicious! I loved their romance, too, though. They're sweet. She's nervous about trying again, he's never let anyone close to him. There are some fumbles along the way but, gah, the two of them working through things and learning to trust each other just got me. I loved it.
A little suspense with her ex, a little action on the ice, some work drama for Patrick. There were a lot of elements that kept Hard Hitter exciting and just lit me up. Bowen definitely has a new fan. Sexy, sweet romance that'll heat you up and leave you sighing in happy reader-girl bliss. I'm in. I'm all in. Bring on the next Brooklyn Bruiser!
~~~ Doulie!! Oh yes. I'd like a piece of him, please! Damn that cover, too. #Covergasm...more
Claiming the Enemy? Lordy but it's sexy as all get out and turned me into a reading fiend. I couldn't put this one down. Dishes? Laundry? Pffft they sure weren't happening until I finished that last page.
The quick of it is that Piper, well, she got herself a fake boyfriend...on accident. See she was trying to avoid an obnoxious ex and kinda joined her boss and his mama by sitting down at their lunch table. And crazy of crazy things...he went along with the act. They've rubbed each other a spot wrong at work but damn if desire didn't rise hard and fast and, well, insistent on being taken care of. So they're gonna fake being a couple. But no getting attached, yall. They will NOT get attached! ::snort::
Ace and Piper were a good time. She has a tendency to say all the wrong thing at all the wrong times and is a bit of a free spirit and he's grumpy as hell and pretty curmudgeonly. And somehow once they stripped out of their scrubs--they're both doctors--and met on neutral territory they totally worked. It was fun watching them figure out that the other was more than they'd thought over the past few weeks when they'd been growling at one another and that they might actually *gasp* like each other.
There's a LOT of nekkid sweaty time. They're scared of getting attached but man they are not one bit shy about hitting the sheets. Or more often the desk at work. It's steamy and definitely kept things exciting. There were some really sweet dates as well that had me melting.
All in all, Claiming the Enemy was a sizzling good time that'll make your pulse flutter and have you reaching for a fan. It doesn't go too deep--it's a fairly short read-- but it's still pretty nice watching them deal with all that lusty goodness and the complications of working together and healing some of each others hurts along the way. ...more
I've been a fan of Tara Sue Me for a while now and was curious to see how she would handle a novella and damn. Just damn. Absolutely beautiful. The Claiming was funny, sexy, and completely enchanting. I loved every second of it and couldn't stop smiling as I flipped the last page.
The quick of it is that Cole and Sasha have been together for a little while now but sometimes insecurities pop up and Cole's decided he needs to show Sasha once and for all how very much she means to him. And he goes about it in an elaborate way.... a house party at his childhood home in the UK complete with one amazing surprise and a number of their closest friends.
This was really so much fun. I love house parties in historicals so one set in present day? And kinkified? Omg...yes, please! It was a blast spending time with not only Cole and Sasha (who I adore) but two of the other series couples as they flirt and play--think kinkified croquet? pervy mystery role playing? Super sexy and totally sweet. I loved watching Cole and Sasha's bond grow even stronger and, yeah, I totally teared up once the surprise he planned was revealed at the party. Swoonage, yall. Swoonage. It was insanely hot, too. These two are into BDSM with a leaning towards Master/slave dynamic but there's nothing too extreme for those who aren't into serious BDSM.
All in all, I just had a wonderful time with The Claiming. It's everything I expect from Tara Sue Me...a beautiful story of romance, passion, and acceptance. I would suggest reading the rest of the series before this one since Sasha and Cole's main story has already been told and knowing what they've gone through will make this all the sweeter.
*My only issue is the cost. I do think it's rather pricey (3.99) for a short read (12 chapters) that ends at the 80% ebook mark....more
Two commitment-phobes who may have just met their match and been hit with a healthy dose of lust. Two average every day people and an extraordinary whirlwind romance that'll leave you hot and bothered and in a damn near swoon. Worked Up was classic Bailey. Deliciously sex and make-you-pant hot.
These two were excellent.
Duke's so not your typical hero. He doesn't rock a six pack...but a little beer belly. His face isn't handsome and he's definitely not a pretty boy...nope. He's all scruff, craggy pirate. Basically he's a man-bear. I loved that. It was nice seeing a hero that's just your average guy. He's still rocking the sex appeal, is a fixer, and under the gruff exterior he's got such a good heart and loves his family something fierce. And Samantha..she's a children's book illustrator, has a heart of gold, and is kinda floundering on the personal front. I really liked both of them and seeing their status quo rocked just a bit when hey met.
If ever two people were perfect for each other it's these two. I thought their anti-relationship stance was pretty funny and loved that they got each other in that regard.
And the heat! Yeah. These two may be commitment phobes but they aren't immune to good old fashioned lust. And they had it in spades. It was pretty instantaneous and the relationship as a whole was a whirlwind which usually isn't my favorite but they so worked for me. It was like they just clicked. There's a lot of filthy, delicious dirty talking (though some of it was a bit off to me) and, whew boy, yeah, they were hot together as they resisted and then were like pffft fuck it! Lets go. Woohoo! lol
All in all, Bailey is one you just can't miss if you love a sexy hot read with heart. Great every-day characters, scorching sex and bits that'll have your hand flying up to cover your mouth because omg the sweet! It'll have you blinking back tears and grinning big time....more
I'm not usually fond of betting themes but a group of men betting on finding true love and romance? I. Am. In. I had a good time with The CEO Buys In. A sexy, commanding hero and a strong willed and caring heroine with scorching chemistry? Yep. Yep. Definitely in.
The quick of it is that Nathan has found himself drowning his woes of the female variety at his club one night. And it's wound up with a unique bet as his two new acquaintances--who are feeling pretty damn meh over things in their lives as well--make a drunken bet. They're going wife hunting. They need things to change in their lives and they're gonna find true love to fix it. They've got one year to find that woman and win her heart. For Nathan it hit him a little quicker than expected in the form of his temp assistant. A spunky woman who's not at all impressed with his wealth or company and that intrigues him something fierce.
I really liked these two. They have a fantastic play between them. They can drive each other a little crazy but they intrigue each other. There's just something about the other that pulls their curiosity and desire and man it was fun to watch them give a little resistance and finally give in. Both are hard workers, quick on their feet, and dealing with some slight issues. The heat between these two was through the roof and oh so yummy. They do manage to have sex in dang near every form of transportation and against quite a few walls. lol
My only issue that popped up was the heroine and her disdain for those who have money. As the book went on and that continued to pop up here and there it started to grate especially since he'd not given her any real reason to have her back up. She came in with a chip on her shoulder and I really would have liked to see her figure that out a spot quicker. Actually a couple of the support women in her life rubbed me a little wrong too. They were all very down on him and his position and everyone was all well the relationship was doomed from the start...best to end it now instead of getting involved with him. Basically she wasn't good enough for him because of their class differences and he'd dump her when he got bored. That bugged me.
One of the things I really loved was the writing. There was nothing fancy about it, really. It wasn't overly wordy or descriptive but I felt like I was there. Like I was actually watching the scenes play out instead of just reading them on the page. It was a neat feeling.
All in all, while I had a small heroine quibble now and again, this was a fun read that has me eager for the next couple and their romance. It's light, fun, sexy and just a good time. Hard to resist for sure. ...more
Loren just writes the damn sexiest menages. Sign me up for some of that, please! Loving You Easy was scorching hot and deliciously, sinfully, down right gloriously naughty.
The quick of it is that Ren and Hayes created a virtual reality world for kinky people. And Cora is exploring her kinky side for the first time and just so happens to play the game. And, oh, it's going amazing...until someone's hacked the system and set her up for a really disturbing real life surprise. Which brings her to the guy's doorstep. She's just trying to make sure everyone else playing the game is safe but lands in the hands of two dangerously sexy men who might be just what her life has been missing.
I loved the characters.
--Cora's a tomboy and a little geeky with her hacker ways. --Ren is all kinds of smooth, sexy, cocky alpha male. --And Hayes? Totally rocking the alpha male dom but seriously gun shy after a really bad experience.
They were all great together. They sizzled and all of their insecurities and strengths played off of each other in a really fascinating way. It was fun watching them figure out this crazy relationship they were suddenly in. The guys totally platonic relationship turning sexual, Hayes trusting a woman again after being horrifically betrayed--he was framed for a rape and spent years in prison, and Cora coming to terms with them finding her sexy when she's always been just one of the guys. I loved seeing them bring out the best in each other and that while they couldn't totally be themselves with everyone else that when they were together they could just simply be who they were without judgement or worries.
Okay so heat. This one is a scorcher! There's all kinds of sexy happening. The guys together. The guys with Cora. All three of them in one debauched tangle. Virtual shenanigans and up close and personal lusty encounters. Pretty much if it crosses their mind...they're gonna explore it. It's incredibly passionate and emotional and damn will it make you squirm. It's very light on the bdsm. Mostly just a little dominance and submission but oh so very light compared to many bdsm reads.
There's a little suspense element of figuring out who is hacking their virtual game and was behind framing Hayes for a rape years earlier and maybe trying again. This wasn't my favorite element of the book. It wasn't bad just felt like a bit of a stretch to me on the whos of it all. I think this is what kept it from being a higher rating.
All in all, though, Loren knows what she's doing and does it incredibly well-- passion, romance, and pushing boundaries in the most excruciatingly delicious way. She'll get your pulse racing and have you begging for more.
~~~~~ Squeals! They did happen. They did indeed. Poor cutie UPS man.
Well let just start out by saying...imma need books for the rest of the band now. Get on it, Loren! Get on it! I'm totally not above bribing with pretty stickers. I'm really not. lol Goodness but Wanderlust was one helluva good time. Yeah. It's totally 5:46am. Not even gonna lie. I read all night. And the last 30 minutes of it with the phone plugged into the wall while I was reading. I was not putting this one down.
The quick of it is that while she usually plays the role of restaurant critic Aubrey's been pulled to cover a music gig--following around a popular band for a week and giving a behind the scenes look at their lives--the good, the bad, and the sexy. It should be a simple assignment but may end up being more than Aubrey and the lead singer bargained for...
I just loved these two. The wild rock star and the buttoned up good-girl reporter. Lex was all sexy, wicked, confident rocker and maybe a spot cocky. Yummy times 10. And Aubrey? Everything about her is about being well behaved and staying in control. Never stepping out of line or being reckless--she had very good reason for this, yall. She broke my heart and had me rooting for her at the same time. Loved seeing her break free of her chains and just live a little. She's one I wanted to just wrap up and hold tight.
They were amazing together. The chemistry zinging between them, the humor, the serious moments as they each dealt with people and things from the past. They weren't perfect people but I loved that about them. And that when they screwed up they could both suck it up and apologize. That they were able to really just be themselves around each other and let down the front they usually kept up of what was expected of them. It wasn't always pretty but it was real and amazing. They had some hardcore steam happening between them too which was fan yourself hot.
There was a nice bit of both of their jobs included which was neat to see. I loved his band and seriously hope there will be more about this group. I really wasn't lying. I'm not above bribes in order to get them. lol
And the epilogue. I don't usually mention them but holy crap can Loren write a stellar epilogue. I grinned the whole damn time. Best epilogue and perfect ending to their romance. It was so them and gah, yeah, I'm still grinning like a fool.
All in all, another knock out from Loren. I swear the lady has a golden touch. If her name is on it...it's going to be one heck of a satisfying read that's sexy, fun, and guaranteed to make your day just a little brighter for having spent time in the world she created. ...more
Hockey! Baseball! Surfers! A plethora of sexy athletes ready to heat up the holidays. Noms! Mistletoe Games was a solid Christmas anthology that'll get a girl all hot and bothered and quite possibly on Santa's Naughty List.
One thing before you dive in. All of the novellas in this anthology have been previously released in ebook format so double check before you one-click. I don't want anyone disappointed because they've already read them.
A little about each. And yall...these covers! #Dies #Covergasms
Holiday Games is a little catch me up with Gavin and Liz who are trying to have a baby and having no luck. It hops between them heating up the sheets--woo!-- and going to wedding events for their friends Ty and Jenna.
Sweet and Sexy. I loved seeing Gavin and Liz. They're one of my favorite couples so seeing them madly in love even if things weren't going as planned was great. I really wish the novella had focused on just them and not quite as much on the group activities-- dress fittings, girls weekends away, bachelor/ette parties, rehearsal dinner and Christmas. It was just a bit too focused on seeing everyone else for my taste.
Overall, a decent read with enjoyable bits but not a knock out and very much for those who have read in the series and not a standalone.
Oh Jaci Burton does know how to do it right. Total *girly Christmas-infused sigh*. Holiday on Ice was the perfect readery treat to get me in the holiday spirit and a super sexy-sweet romance as Trick and Stella amp up their previously casual fling and find something to truly celebrate for Christmas. It was a quickie read but oh it was lovely. Romance. Passion. Some hockey thrown into the mix. A little history to work through. Lots of laughs and some serious fan yourself moments. Whew boy!.
Burton really delivered a fabulous holiday romance with Holiday on Ice. It was the perfect combo of fun and sexy, romance and getting to see them both on the job. Heartwarming holiday spirit that gave me the warm fuzzies and left me smiling. A total Christmasy romance delight!
Hot dayum! Now Hot Holiday Nights brought the heat! Best way to spend Christmas vacation? A hot holiday fling with one very sexy younger man. How to make it even better? And his best friend into the mix! Oh yes. Tori is totally joining Santa's Naughty List.
Whew, boy! Yall, I was expecting hot, sexy, fun romance with a little Christmas spirit. I was NOT expecting a menage. But oh it was a nice little treat full of all my favorite things-- sports, Christmas, double-cocked fun. And awesome characters. A confident no-nonsense heroine, a younger hero full of charm and life and a sexy older hero who grounded them all. They all fit nicely together. Had easy repertoire and dynamic chemistry.
I was a happy happy girl watching Victoria snag herself a couple hunky surfers. Hot Holiday Nights was one sexy Christmas fling. It's a light read and perfect for warming up a chilly winter day. It works well as a standalone .
Sweet. Mary. Everything that is hot and tingly is in this book. Fire, passion, a fierce heroine and her alpha males. Yes. Males. Double cocked fun! Gimmie! Add in a pierced cock and I just... yes. Hot and tingly. Whew, boy! Ruled is a scorcher!
The real quick gist is that the government has taken over and our band of warriors have escaped their grasp and are fighting to remain free and to take down the evil government entity. Life is harsh, pleasures rare. Sex though? That's definitely on the table. And indulged in whenever there's a spot of down time. Except for Rylan and Sloan. Who are both rocking a serious case of lust for their group leader Reese who won't give either of them the time of day. She's got revenge to enact, governments to topple, people to save. Two hot lustable guys are not getting in her way. Quite yet. Crazy, foolish lady. lol
I really loved Sloan, Rylan, and Reese. They were a great trio that just sizzled whenever they were near each other.
Sloan-- Strong, silent, stoic. Sloan is the guy you want watching your back. He's loyal, fierce, will do what needs doing. And he denies himself so much! I loved seeing him finally finally get what he desired so very badly. Namely...Reese.
Rylan-- OMG I WANT TO LICK HIM!!!!! I just. Yep. I sure do. He's cheeky and charming and always up for something naughty and wicked. But he's also got layers and gah watching them all get ripped away was something. Plus.... pierced cock! Y'all know how I love me some decorated peen.
Reese-- She's a hard heroine. A warrior. A fighter. Total badass. Can come across a little cold and stubborn. But everything she is is put into protecting her people. Not an easy job but one she takes on. I did like seeing her evolve over the book and, not loosen up, but show some vulnerability.
Seriously. Again with the heat. If it could be done...they were doing it. Woohoo! Things start off a MFM menage but then evolve and turn into a true menage with the guys having some action together as well. Part of what made it so amazing was the tension. These three have been panting after each other for years but kept their desires tamped down HARD. Seeing everything finally combust ...holy fucking hot. You could feel the heat flicking across your skin. Noms!
There's a lot of non-sexy action happening as well. Things have finally come to a boil and there's danger lurking around every corner. Lives in danger. Their way of life at risk. Leaps of faith taken. It. Was. So. Good. Minus one TSTL heroine moment. lol
All in all, If you haven't tried out Kennedy yet you need to stop everything and go grab one of her books. Doesn't matter the series. Or the genre. She'll rock it hard and leave you begging for the next book. Ruled? Sinfully sexy with a side of pulse pounding action. Total badassery....more
It's always exciting to take a risk on a new-to-you author and have it really pay off. And pay off it did. Loving a Lawman was sweet, touching, and has me hooked.
The quick of it is that the local sheriff has a thing for the local wild child. The local wild child that happens to have an on again off again thing going with his brother--who happens to have a thing for buckle bunnies. Yeah. Toss in a falling out with one brother, an unexpected kiss with the other, one opinionated small town, some heartache and some sweet romance and, whew, it's one messy, bumpy road to a happily ever...but so worth it.
I absolutely loved the hero. Seth is an amazingly sweet man who may not have a way with words but puts everything he is into showing the people around him he cares. He's just a good man and left me sighing more than once. And Jessie is his opposite. He's grounded and steady...she's wild and a bit impetuous. And where he's had a solid family supporting him, Jessie has had a lot of family strife and is pretty much on her own. And she broke my heart with it. She has a lot of insecurities and doubts her worth and it was hard seeing her battle that and not fully believe she was good enough for him or that he could ever really love her. She's stubborn and head strong and while that's not always a good thing with Jessie it was part of why I adored her. She's not had it easy but she keeps fighting (even if she's not always fighting quite the right thing).
Jessie and Seth were a couple I just wanted to root for so hard! They didn't have an easy romance and their journey together was far from the expected but it was so damn touching watching them try to figure it all out. Their romance was funny, sweet, heartbreaking and could be silly too. From locking her up in his jail--maybe multiple times ::snort::-- to picnics, courting, and dealing with loss and healing. They went through so many things and at times I just didn't see how they'd survive. It was an emotional journey for sure. Not to make it sound all doom and gloom, though. There was plenty of humor and sweetness for them as well.
All in all, Lillard put together an unconventional romance that touched the heart and left me sighing. I'm a spot miffed at some of the town for how they treated these two but hopefully they'll win me over in later reads. I do tend to hold a grudge against those who are mean to characters I love so we shall see. We shall see. Regardless...I can't wait to see what will happen in book two. I've already got a thing for the upcoming hero ;)...more
Holy hot damn! Elle Kennedy never fails to deliver. Scorching hot, captivating and totally addictive. Claimed was one helluva dirty, sexy, fun ride.
So. Decades ago a massive war hit and everyone now lives under a ruling counsel's thumb--you either live in the cities where everything is controlled and class, religion and free will are all eliminated or...you're outlaws who live outside of the cities and embrace all things wild, wicked and wanton...and you're hunted by the counsel's enforcers. Such is the case with Connor and his men who have suddenly found their lives invaded by a lone female they aren't quite sure they can trust--and that might very well bring danger to their door-- but that they couldn't say no to when she needed help.
Whew! Okay. First off. I loved the characters. Connor is gruff and kind of a bastard but damn if he wasn't sexy and full of all kinds of appeal. He's a reluctant leader and nursing some serious need for revenge against the counsel's enforcers and it keeps him going with single-minded focus. And Hudson. Well. Hudson is very innocent and suddenly in a world where anything goes. It's a lot for her to take in but I loved watching her finally getting a chance to explore and open up. She's rather kickass and has a fire in her. She's also very sweet and bossy in a good way.
And then there's the other guys. This is an interesting little group of outlaws. They're all hella sexy and have some kink to them which is always delightful. I just liked getting to know them and all of their different personalities too and seeing how Hudson joining the group kind of changed them all (for the better).
Then there's the heat. Yall. Seriously. The heat in this one. It'll singe your fingers! Erotic, passionate...adventuresome. Yeah it hit all the good spots. Connor and Hudson were explosive together and you could definitely feel the push and pull of them. Add in some menage elements, a pierced cock, some public happenings. Gah yes. #dies. These guys have no inhibitions and it was delightful.
I really liked the set up of the world too. It's gritty and full of danger and had a little thrill to it. Seeing the fierceness in the Outlaws and those fighting back against the Counsel and the fears of being found by the Enforcers kept things moving along and really held my interest. I'm curious to see what will happen next with the world they live in.
All in all....noms! Claimed was crazy sexy and exciting. I'm totally panting after book two and can't wait to spend more time with these guys and the ladies that'll shake up their worlds just a little. Kennedy definitely delivered....more
Holy hot dayum. Kennedy knows how to write a scorcher that'll leave you completely satisfied but panting for more. Whew! Addicted was one sexy hot read as Jamie and Lennox's decades long friendship is put to the test and all kinds of yummy sexual tension sinks it's claws into them and refuses to be denied for one second longer. Danger be damned.
So the quick of it is that a near by Outlaw community has asked for help training it's young people to protect themselves and Len, Jamie and a couple of their friends agree to spend a month teaching the group all sorts of skills they'll need to keep safe. Something's not quite right, though, and they're sure something else is brewing at this Outlaw community. They'll just have to bide their time training and fucking until the truth comes out. Mm!
I loved Lennox. Dayum but the man is sexy and has a nice little bit of alpha in him. He's pretty easy going but damn when he lets lose the grip on his control he's intense as all hell. Often with sinfully good results. I liked Jamie, too. She's a tough chick and not afraid to get her hands dirty. She did have some moments where I thought she was a bit irrational and would fly off the handles a little too much which got old. But for the most part I was good with her.
Lennox and Jamie have one heck of a ton of history since they've been best friends since childhood and it shows. They know each other inside and out, can bring out the best in each other, and oh get under each other's skin too. It was fun seeing them finally deal with their attraction to one another and the awkward that could happen from stepping over the line from friendship to lovers. They really cross that line in a glorious way.
Which brings us to the heat. There is a lot of sex in this book. A LOT of sex. This society is all about getting a little (or lot) of pleasure when they can. It's a pretty bleak world but an orgasm or eight...totally helps keep a soul deal with the day to day. And they're totally open with experiences, too. Sex in public, bringing in thirds, a little rough play. Nothing's really off the table and, yall, it'll make you squirm! Dirty, raunchy, and oh so delicious.
Plot-wise. This one very much felt like a transition novel that's setting up the next one for a big showdown. Other than the romance and their evolving friendship the main thing happening was just training a group of young people how to handle weapons and fight. There's a little action and danger but overall there's no huge plot that was dealt with.
Now, one quibble I had was that the heroine hit the hero. She was angry and frustrated with him for something (one of her kind of irrational moments) and lashed out. It only happened once but yall know that's not something I think is okay especially when it's not addressed as being inappropriate behavior and is just brushed aside.
All in all, though, I had a great time with Addicted. When it comes to gritty, erotic, make-you-bite-your-lip romance...Kennedy knows how to deliver. Whew boy, does she!
Undercover cop, cheeky ladies bar named Eye Candy, heroine with a mission but a dirty childhood friend, undeniable sexual chemistry and futile resistance. Under the Surface was a sexy, flirty, holy-cow-fan-yourself hot read with a side helping of danger. Yes, please!
The quick of it is that one of Eve's childhood friends has propositioned her. He wants to use her bar to launder his drug/gang money. And she agrees. Then quickly heads to the cops to let them know. She's determined to clean up her city and will be damned if the bad guys are gonna use her bar as a front. Little does she know that when she hires a new bartender a short time later...she's also brought in an undercover cop who's mission is to keep her alive and make sure she was on the up-in-up.
So these two. I liked them. Eve's bold and sassy. She's full of conviction and vision. I loved that she was passionate about her business and trying to change her community for the better--even if it put her in danger. And Matt. Whoa sexy! He's got that dark, broody, mysterious thing going on. He's a man of few words but ::shivers:: yeah he's got a mouth on him when warranted and it's sexy as all get out. He's every inch the protector and good guy with the world on his shoulders. They were good together too. Had that push and pull thing happening and were just drawn together despite him trying to resist since he was undercover and that's all kinds of messy.
There was a little bit of danger with her being an informant and trying to get information for the cops. It wasn't too in your face though. There were a couple of pulse pounding scenes as she dealt with the bad guys but most of the get-your-blood-pumping moments came from naughty moments with the hero. Noms! Cus seriously...chemistry between them was seductive and blistering hot. I did have a couple quibbles early on when Eve was a bit too sexually pushy for my taste. He kept saying no...she kept pushing and saying if he didn't put out she'd go somewhere else. Keep in mind she's his boss and he was asking to go slow. So that put me off at first. But once that passed and they got together...brace yourself because the things this man does and says...knee-weakening-make-a-girl-pant delicious.
All in all, Under the Surface was a steamy fun read. I did think it was a mite too long especially compared to the more novella-ish books in the series so far but it was a good time and kept me entertained. Calhoun has a way with writing yummy characters that pulls you in and leaves you asking for the next. And I'm definitely curious to see who will get a story now. I'd love to see her brother and his lady cop partner. Or his brother who was injured in a car wreck years earlier. Both would be high on my *grabby hands need it now* list. ...more
Oh my gosh. Yall! These two were so much fun! Childhood frenemies. Meddling mamas. Sass, snark, squirm-worthy heat. Gah, yes! Completing the Pass was a total win.
The quick of it is that sometimes life is a bitch and the person you least want to help you weather the storms turns out to be the one person that's exactly what you need. So's the case for Carri and Josh. She's dealing with an ill father and having to uproot her life in another state to come home and help with him. And Josh is dealing with huge changes at work as he's suddenly pulled from second string quarterback to leading the team in the coming season. Stress galore and a desperate need for an escape kinda have them reconsidering all their past gripes with each other. Maybe.
Seriously. I loved these two together. They revel in giving each other hell and throwing a good zing. They're fun and just made me laugh as they drove each other nutty and then had the horror of suddenly starting to feel something...nice about the other. lol There were some hilarious moments, some really sweet and whew the heat was delicious! They definitely have chemistry and all that snarky sassiness flying between them so translated to yummy things once they hit the sheets.
I liked them as people too and getting to see them on their jobs and dealing with real life. Time on the field with the other footballers and learning how to deal with the media and fans suddenly turning all eyes on Josh. And with Carri struggling between needing/wanting to be home to help with her dad but also needing to be home and dealing with the life she'd created in another state--I totally related to that since I've had that battle before. It all really brought their characters to life and gave them a well rounded feel.
I really loved that they were there for each other when life really got hard. There's a lot of light hearted fun in this one but there's also some pretty serious stuff on the home front and I just loved them as they fought to survive it all.
All in all...yes! Murray did it again. Hilarious, heart warming and make-you-fan-yourself hot! Bring on the next!...more
Woohoo! I loved it! Risk of Exposure was so fun! Fluffy, sexy, romantic suspense goodness. Everything about this one was a good time. From characters to setting to the little bit of danger and some hot lovin'...Curtis held me captive. Seriously. Other than breaks to eat and herd the, well, herd...I couldn't put this one down.
Okay so the quick of it is that Malone has been sent to Ukraine to keep an eye on his boss's daughter. She's been working at an orphanage near the Russian border and her dad is rather worried about her. So Malone begins the most boring of assignments watching the most boring of women...or so he thinks. Ah yeah. Abby's rocking some killer secrets that'll stun the former SAS operative stupid and leave his world spinning. Yes!!!
I loved Abby. Yall know I have heroine issues fairly often but Abby was awesome. This chickie has some serious badass moments and was no nonsense about things. She's not a damsel in distress and can give as good as she gets. It was so much fun seeing her spin Malone for a loop.
And Malone. Lordy that man. He could be a total jackass but totally sexy too. He's a little jaded with the world seeing he was an operative for ages and he's a little slow on the uptake sometimes but he was fun and hot and just a great hero.
Sexy and suspenseful. Curtis did an awesome job combining sensual romance with a suspenseful backdrop of spies, invading armies and potential war breaking out. It was exciting and a little nerve wracking. There were a couple nail biting moments and a few that had me fanning myself because, dayum! these two were so fun to watch together no matter what they were getting up to. They were scorching hot in bed (or where ever they happened to be) and had that combative dynamic going on between them. They couldn't seem to help poke at each other or one up the other. It worked though. It totally had the vibe of members from different military branches and how they'll goad and give each other hell.
All in all, Risk of Exposure was a damn good time and just what I needed. A fun, sexy read with dynamic characters and an excitingly dangerous storyline. I'll be going back for the rest of the series no question.
PS--This was my first from Curtis and it was totally easy to jump in at book six so no worries if you've not read the rest of the series....more
Such is the case with Dallas and Jane--who are siblings through adoption. They've had a thing for each other for years and are finally giving into temptation. To add fuel to the fire they're also dealing with the aftermath of being kidnapped as teenagers and the continued hunt for the people who set them up all those years ago. An emotional roller coaster like you wouldn't believe.
Alright, so, I think this is one series--or maybe author-- that I'm going to have a love-hate relationship with. Hottest Mess? It was a mix. I enjoyed parts and then others just irked me a bit.
So all the good bits.
I really like Jane and Dallas. Individually and as a couple, as unconventional as they are. And I liked seeing them deal with their issues. There are some incredibly touching scenes, some that hurt to read, some funny and sweet and some very very hot ones. They're a good mix of everything and I love that they really get each other. He heard her the moment she stepped into the room, and he expected it when she came to him. When she put her arms around him and held him close, her face pressed against his back.
She said nothing, just held him, and it was her touch that gave him strength. They've got some serious heat smoldering between them but it's not all perfect which was very interesting to see. He's actually got some issues keeping his manly bits at an, erm, full salute. You just don't see that too often in romances. It was a big thing them working through the emotional damage from the past that's causing it. The way they go about it? It may not work for some. Their past is fucked up and sometimes how they deal with it is rather fucked up too. But it's them.
The mystery is ongoing and to do with hunting their abductors and who was behind it all those years ago. It moved along a little but not too much. I like seeing them piece it together but do wish more was happening.
And some issues.
The heroine slapping the hero...again. Really yall. This is just the stupidest damn thing to still be happening in romances. She was frustrated the first time and angry the second time and striking him was her choice. Enough!
There was also a cliffhanger ending. The first book had a semi-cliffy and it didn't bug me but this time it gave me a growl even though I was expecting it. I think had more actually happened in the book it wouldn't bug me as much.
And after reading this one honestly the books could have just been one book instead of three. There's not enough extra going on to justify three books I don't think. Especially at their cost. It kept me reading and I enjoyed it on the surface but there was so much stuff that was basically a rinse and repeat of book one. I don't think I'd recommend reading them right in a row. With a number of books between them I think it kept me enjoying it overall.
All in all, while I enjoyed Hottest Mess for what it was--an easy diversion--but it's not one that rocked my reader-world. I would have put this at a 3.5 but the second time the heroine slapped the hero with nothing being said just irked me. So, I enjoyed it but at the same time ended feeling less than totally satisfied with the reading experience....more
Some days you just have to blow up a titty bar and kidnap a motorcycle club president who's been shot up and left to die. I mean, really. Some days that's just the only thing that's gonna get a girl through.
The gist is that Joan? Well, the girl's at her breaking point. She's fucking done playing nice. Her baby sister's been brainwashed and is living with a cult and she's going to do whatever the hell it takes to break her sister out and bring down the bad guy. Cue the aforementioned blowing up of a titty bar where the bad guy is hanging out. And then the kidnapping of a different bad guy who's her only link to the one holding her sister. A little kidnapping? Done! Joan and the law? Yeah she really gives no fucks at this point. Homeboy's gonna give her what she needs. If he has to be handcuffed to a bed for a few days before he caves in and helps her out? So be it!
Goodness. These two. They were seriously made for each other. They're both rather fucked up. They'll do whatever they have to do to get what they want/need. They're a little twisted up and broken but damn if they aren't intriguing and an irresistible force. And holy hot damn they are sexy as all get out, too.
Yeah. This one is erotic and all kinds of curl your toes delicious. There's a little girl on girl action in one scene but mostly it's just Joan and Max and the incredible catch-your-breath heat between them. That fucked up edge they both rock in daily life totally transfers into the bedroom and is oh so good.
The action...is interesting. There are a couple moments that'll get your gut churned up and palms sweating but a lot of it is Joan trying to persuade Max to help her contact the bad guy. Some unexpected twists make it even more fun.
All in all, if you haven't tried M O'keefe out yet it's a damn shame. You're missing out on some stunning reads that'll get your pulse pounding in all kinds of amazing ways. Edgy, erotic and darkly exciting. These are must reads. ...more
Cooooooooooper!!! Wolftastic! Tyler rocks the shifter world with her team of sexy alpha werewolves. To Love a Wolf will get your pulse pounding for all kinds of delicious reasons. Action packed and sexy as all get out.
The quick of it is that Cooper? Well he doesn't do anything the normal way. Including meeting The One. Yep. He meets his future lady love...in the middle of a bank robbery. lol And their whirl wind romance only gets more and more exciting from there. Bombings, protective siblings and scorch the sheets chemistry...yeah, things are getting interesting.
I loved these two! I've been smitten with Cooper from the very start. Charming, sexy and just lust-able. The man has moves inside and outside of the bedroom and holy heck is he intense! Loved it! And Everly was just lovely. She's artistic, kind, and goes after what she wants. They were SO fun together. Things move crazy fast but it somehow suited them. From the very start their relationship was just...intense. The attraction, the chemistry, the bond that formed between them. Some silly and some very serious moments really made these two and their connection feel honest and real.
Now the heat. Yeah, these two do not lack in that department. They're electric and once they finally do hit the sheets... you better hold on because they don't hold back and it's spectacular!
There was a bit of suspense and action in regards to Cooper's job and trying to track down a bomber and that kept things moving along too.
All in all? Another superb romance from Tyler. Soul satisfying romance and curl your toes sexy...To Love A Wolf is a must read romance. ...more
A curl-your-toes scorcher! Downtown Devil is sinful, decadent, and one seriously steamy, delicious ride.
The quick of it is that Clare's working on a photo exhibit and it's brought a wild, reckless man to her doorstep. Perfect for her exhibit and, maybe, her bed too. She needing a little adventure and daring in her life and Mica and his roommate...look like just the pair to deliver it one mind blowing orgasm at a time.
Okay so right off the bat. This one is erotic. Non-stop sex and exploring and three people pulled into a menage that'll test their boundaries...and maybe yours too. It's not going to be the read for everyone but if you're looking for a scorcher that'll make you squirm...let me introduce you.
Clare-- I loved Clare. She's at a turning point in her life and restless which is something I can relate to. She's artistic and has a lovely way about her. She's easy to spend time with and I love her sense of daring. How open she was to trying new things even if she was feeling nervous and out of her element. She's just a fun heroine.
Mica-- Mica is magnetic. Completely mesmerizing and will drive you crazy with both lust and frustration. He had a very fucked up childhood and is a pretty fucked up adult. He's reckless and free spirited and not someone to rely on really. He's in constant motion and forgets commitments and social niceties--they just don't register to him and he doesn't even realize he's not behaving right. He can make you wanna scream in frustration but again it's impossible not to be pulled into the whirlwind that is him. And when it comes to sex he's totally different. His focus is intense and he makes the person he's with his absolute world while they're together. I know he sounds like a total fuck off but seriously I was as taken by him and pulled into his orbit just like Clare and Vaughn.
Vaughn--Vaughn is an amazing man. He's the opposite of his best friend Mica in nearly every way and is really the dream guy. He's calm and collected, responsible, dependable. He's an EMT and goes about saving people all day and doling out orgasms all night. lol Very sexy and knows how to treat a women right and is crazy respectful. I was loving me some Vaughn.
They were all really interesting and a unique group. Clare's photo project focuses on people with unique heritage so that was a big thing. She's black/Scottish, Mica's black/Malaysian, and Vaughn West African/Haitian. It was neat seeing such a mix of characters. Not just their mixture of genes but their different walks in life as well--both sexually and with how they were. From full out kinky to pretty vanilla and testing the waters for the first time. From full time responsible job to filler jobs and searching for a new one. It was just a fascinating mixture.
Heat-wise. This is full out kinky filthy heat. There's scenes with just Clare and Mica but mostly it's all three exploring menage--and holy hell it's incredibly hot. Mica has no boundaries and he pulls these two along for quite the adventure. Including some male on male action--Mica has always had a thing for Vaughn but other than a few brief encounters it's not something Vaughn's ever been okay with exploring so there's definitely some pushing of that boundary in this one. It could make for some heavy emotional turmoil and some very passionate and stirring scenes.
So. This one. If you're looking for a smorgasbord of no holds barred sex in all sorts of kinky combinations...grab it. Grab it now. McKenna will keep you on edge and have you begging for more. Hot damn but these three were on fire. The sex is adventurous, exciting, and intense. The emotions just as strong and gripping. It was a fascinating journey with some unexpected twists that left me going well that's not how I expected things to end at all...but it was brilliant! Love when an author can surprise me and McKenna has a real talent for just that....more
Kim Jones. The lady knows how to write a compelling, in your face, completely captivating romance that's unique, dark, and leaves you craving more. Sinner's Revenge was a wild ride as Shady spirals down a very dark path of revenge against a rival MC and finds a little light and happiness in an unexpected and crazy woman who may just have a bit of darkness in her as well.
So 5 things about Sinner's Revenge...
>>>These two were fucked up. And a tad crazy. A bit growly and bitchy. Rude and in your face. And they're totally perfect for each other. They drive each other insane and fight and piss each other off and damn if they don't love every second of it. Easy going and tame...these two are not. lol They're passionate to the extreme. But I loved Shady and Diem. In all their nutty, crazy, messed up moments they won me over and had me smiling over them. They were seriously hot together, too.
>>> There are a lot of secrets being kept between them. Big ones. But this was a time when secrets were understandable and made sense. They kept what they were hidden and rightfully so. It didn't piss me off or have me shaking my head or ever saying "just tell them!" This is how the big secret trope should be done. There were also some surprise revelations that hit them both at the same time that I just loved. (and had me going oo! I did not see that coming!)
>>> There's a LOT of blood and gore. Since Shady's main goal in life is killing everyone in the rival MC club which had caused the death of his best friend there's a lot of death. Granted they weren't awesome people being wiped out but, yeah, that'll be too much for some. He's a killer. Flat out. There's a lot of dark in Shady. But there's a lot of dark in Diem as well that's surprising so they work.
>>> The book is mostly told from Shady's POV which I liked. It really felt more like his journey of dealing with loss and the need for revenge and moving on. There are chapters every once in a while from Diem's POV but they're sparse.
>>> I loved the ending epilogue. It tied in to the previous book and had me going teary eyed. There's a complete HEA and everyone lives--in case anyone was concerned.
All in all, Kim Jones has me on board for more. These aren't the romances for everyone--they're dark and gritty and the characters somewhat...shady--but if that's your thing they're fantastic reads that'll keep you up way into the night.
7/21-- These two were fucked up. And a tad crazy. A bit growly and bitchy. And totally perfect for each other.
There was a lot of cute and cheeky with a side of sass going on in The Seduction of Kinley Foster. I'm also a big fan of enemies to lovers romances and the forbidden element of a best friends sibling so I was having a pretty good time with this one but as things went on I struggled more and more as the heroine--who is an aspiring author--attends a romance writers convention and finds out the guy she used to crush on as a teen and that broke her heart is attending too and is an agent...and he's managed to read her script! And oh he has some things to say about it too.
These two definitely have an enemies to lovers thing going on. And it's a cute set up of her brother (the hero's best friend) trying to get them to mend fences after a decade long rift between them and the two winding up sharing a hotel room because of a booking mishap and then in their ire with each other a bet sparking off and agreeing to a week of him showing her all the sexual ropes so she can get some more experience for her writing--since he thought her book was rather lacking in that department. It's a very overdone plot at this point--inexperienced heroine and a hero spending a week sexing her up so she can go about her life knowing how to get someone elses rocks off-- but it can still be pulled off I think.
Unfortunately I really just didn't feel it--characters, heat, trope-- and found that a lot of the things that they talked about that were wrong with the heroine's manuscript--no chemistry and lackluster sex scenes--actually applied to the book too. Throw in a weird thing with them suddenly experimenting with D/s and spanking and it just never fell into place for me. It very much read like a first book and someone wanting to pull in the naughty elements of BDSM and not knowing how. Like the hero I was left thinking the book would have been better as a sweet romance rather than attempting to be an erotic one.
As for the characters...they were okay. There was nothing that really stood out about them or that will be memorable for me. They bicker, they get all lusty, you see them in their element/world of writing...but there just wasn't anything about them that sparked anything for me other than a few funny quips that had me chuckling.
I also had some issues with name dropping. It's set at a romance con and there were a lot of real life authors, editors, publishing company owners, sex toy parties, literary agents, cover designers, their assistants, and their actual companies mentioned. I'm guessing to try and make the readers connect more with it? Like omg I know her or I read her or follow her! kind of thing but it pulled me out of the story and felt awkward and like it was trying just a little too hard :/
All in all, not for me. I've enjoyed others in the series so will definitely read more of them but this one was a miss on almost all fronts other than a cute set up and some funny moments now and again, oh, and a kilted model going comando. Other people are loving this one, though, so maybe check out their reviews too just to see. ...more
Best way to snag yourself a growly delicious Highlander? Rob him blind and leave him buck nekkid in a lake...because he will come after you. Rawr! A Dangerous Damsel was...a lot of fun, yall. The characters, the dangerous bits, and the steamy ones too.
The quick of it is that Deidre will do whatever she has to to keep her and her baby brother alive. If it means stealing and swindling...so be it! Got herself a bit more than she bargained for when she spotted Ewan, that's for sure. He's on his way back to his childhood home to take over as Lord and he's already feeling pretty dang grouchy about the fact and now he's grouchy and...curious about the gorgeous vixen who left him stranded. A combo that'll have interesting results for both of them when he decides she and her brother are just gonna have to make the journey to his childhood home with him.
I had a good time with Ewan and Deidre. They're both kinda meh about their current lots in life and needing a shake up and, well, they provided that for each other quite nicely. Ewan's one that's usually in control so it was fun seeing him meet his match and lose it just a little bit. He's got some sweet in him and some damaged bits as well that really made me want to squeeze him. And Deidre. She's got some hard edges and not afraid to get her hands dirty. I liked her but sometimes she had a bit too big of a chip on her shoulder or lashed out before really finding out what was going on or what someone really meant.
There was a little mystery and danger surrounding them both. Haunting memories from his childhood and danger from her past coming after her. It kept things interesting on both sides. Lots of little discoveries along the way. It kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next for the duo and the rag-tag group they slowly surround themselves with.
My quibbles? I wasn't overly fond of the heroine's occasional outbursts of anger--uncontrollably breaking things--and slapping multiple people. And I kind of expected more to happen with his grandmother so was surprised that storyline just ended mid-book. They weren't deal breakers obviously but just a little niggle.
Other than that, though, A Dangerous Damsel was a quick, easy read with fun characters and an entertaining plot. I definitely want more from Bell!...more
I had an impressive OMG squealy reader-girl moment when I spotted Asking for More. I love the world Pace created surrounding Vivienne and Jonah and their shared dark desires of rape fantasy. It's been a stunning and fascinating romance. So more Viv and Jonah? Oh hell yeah. Gimme gimme!
Things didn't quite pan out that way though. There was nothing intrinsically bad about it... there just wasn't really anything to it... at all. Definitely not what the blurb is suggests--which would have been quite exciting and emotional from the sounds of it.
Instead this is 5 chapters (ending at 88% of the ebook) that are mostly a recap of the previous two books and the highlights of their relationship and issues thus far. There are a number of cameos by secondary characters, a family member in need, a couple sex scenes and them dealing with a tiny mishap post scene where Vivienne injured herself tripping. This was the focal point of the novella and how devastated Jonah was by the incident--which was NOT his fault--and them rehashing it and trying to get him past his issues and insecurities having to do with their sexual relationship and keeping her safe.
Asking for More wasn't poorly written--Pace is a lovely writer-- but it just left me going...okay? not sure what the point of this was. Maybe as a freebie but not one I would recommend at it's current price of 1.99 based off what I read, unfortunately. It just wasn't satisfying or captivating like the previous installments-two books I would definitely recommend for those who like dark or nontraditional romances....more
There were a LOT of fun things in Must Love Cowboys. Namely...nekkid cowboys...cheeky cowboys...grumbly cowboys...there were just a lot of cowboys. Be still my heart! And lots of food! And a pretty fab heroine and her trusty pup companion. I had a lovely time with them all. But there were also some pretty cringe worthy descriptions (mainly during sex), a miss named heroine, and a cliche HEA that brought this one down to a 3-3.5 star read for me and really made it feel like a beginning author instead of a seasoned one which I believe Brooks is.
What did work for me.
OMG the characters! Wyatt and the cowboys he works with at the ranch are fabulous. They're so funny and cute and are such a handful! Not in a bad way but in a fun one. They were a hoot to spend time with and totally charmed the pants off me. lol I really liked the heroine as well. She's on a journey fulfilling her grandfather's dying wish and is kind of floating on the wind with nothing tying her down and no where to go after this. I loved seeing her settle in, gain some confidence and taking care of the guys.
The food! She actually has my dream job. I would LOVE to cook for a large group of people on a regular basis. I love cooking and taking care of people and making sure they're happy and fed. Something I don't get to do nearly often enough since, well, it's just me here. lol I loved all the inclusion of the food she made them and them sitting down to meals together. It's not what I'd call a foodie romance but there was that heart and home quality of it.
The mystery was kinda fun too. One of the older guys lands in the hospital shortly after her arrival which wouldn't be too curious other than the fact that lots of weird stuff has been happening on the ranch. Cut fences, strange lights, a stranger claiming to be family showing up at the hospital then disappearing. It was fun watching them piece things together and try to figure out what was going on.
One kinda odd thing was that this was told from the heroine's POV exclusively. That's not entirely weird but for the genre/trope kinda. I've read many contemporaries from first person POV but never a cowboy romance. In New Adult or erotic...sure I can see that happening. Urban fantasy? Definitely. But of all the cowboy romances I've read...and I've read a LOT..this was the first using a first person POV. It took some adjustment and I kind of felt like I missed out on seeing some of the moments when the guys were together without her. I think I would have enjoyed seeing that.
Okay so for the things that weren't working for me.
Every time someone said the heroine's name--Tina-- I had an instantaneous who the hell is Tina?! moment because this heroine did NOT feel like a Tina. It just didn't suit her right at all and seriously every time it was mentioned that's what I thought. Every. Time.
The sex scenes. They'd be pretty steamy hot and then all the sudden... his "drooling dick" would make an appearance, "delightful" cum on a tongue or things like taking a "sip of the juice from the head" of his cock would happen. And just...ergs no, please. I did find the inclusion of her being on her period and that throwing a kink in things interesting. That's so often glossed over in romances. But switching up to anal (only the 2nd time she'd had sex) and everything happening like *snap* that! was pretty eye rolly.
And then the cliche ending. They'd known each other for a week and wound up engaged. It felt like a cookie cutter romance where there was a checklist and things were being marked off. I really wish more authors--especially when so very little time has passed-- would set endings up differently. It's okay for there not to be a marriage proposal. Leave them happy and in love and looking forward to the future. Especially when it's a series and you can show them getting engaged later on in the series as secondary characters. That's much more believable and not so A romance must have A..B..C..D..E...
So I had some issues. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy Must Love Cowboys. I really did have a good time with it. I'm totally smitten with these guys and want to see how all of their stories will play out. I just hope things in the next one are a little less I'm-following-a-checklist and that the sex scenes will be a little more, well, sexy. ...more
Well, damn! Everything I Left Unsaid was addictive! I can't believe I've had it sitting on my review shelf since before it's release and just now got to it. *hangs head in blogger girl shame* Secrets, lies, danger, make-you-pant heat, damaged characters yearning for more and fighting internal battles...gah, yes, it was delicious!
Okay so the quick of it is that Annie is on the run and lands in a trailer park. Her first night there a phone rings in her trailer and she answers it. Kicking off a wild ride full of passion, hope, and a bit of dirty adventure with a mysterious man who knows just what she needs.
Alright so these two. I really enjoyed them. In a way they're both a tease. You get just enough of Annie and Dylan to like them and know who they are right now in the present but without knowing everything about their pasts. It pulls you along in a tantalizing way giving you bits and pieces as things go and keeping you curious. And curious...I was! I liked what I saw along the way. A woman who has been beat down and is taking her life back. Annie is sweet, innocent and trying her damnedest to be brave. And Dylan...sexy, caring and a spot commanding. They worked very nicely together.
"Oh, fuck, baby, I don't even care if this is some kind of game you're playing. I'm in. Whatever it is, I'm so fucking in."
And that heat. Sweet Mary. This one is red-hot sexy and seductive as all get out. So for most of the book the two haven't met but that in no way means the heat isn't there from the start because hello, phone sex! Yeah. These two get each other all hot and bothered and in some creative ways. Noms! It was shockingly intimate even with the two being in separate locations for the most part.
It's a spot dark as they both deal with their pasts and their secrets are pulled out of them but I enjoyed it and seeing Annie regrouping and finding her place at the trailer park and with those who live there.
The only issue I had was a cliffhanger ending but it actually didn't bother me like it often does in romance. There's hope for the relationship in the future (a plus in my opinion) and a cliffhanger of another sort as her past catches up with her. Something that's going to be a total game changer and seriously has me panting for the next book, like, now. *curses the review pile I need to tackle first* lol
Without question I'll be reading the next book in the series. M O'keefe captivated with an intriguingly passionate romance that left me eager for more. ...more
There's no denying your love life is complicated when the man you're in love with is...your brother.
Yes. Things are complicated for Dallas and Jane. Not only that pesky little hitch but they've a complicated past as well that's left them both pretty dysfunctional.
Dirtiest Secret wasn't all that dirty but it was curious and a spot twisty. The writing was easy and while not all that layered or rich it kept me reading and fairly entertained. There were good bits and some oh-dear-that-was-unfortunate bits, as well, as Jane sets out to close the distance that's grown between her and Dallas once and for all.
So. The good bits!
>>> The taboo factor. Dallas and Jane have loved each other for nearly two decades but they've kept apart and rarely see each other now that they're grown. The issue? Well, they're siblings. At least legally. It's all kinds of messy but her mom married his uncle ages ago then Dallas's bio dad died and his uncle adopted him. So...legally siblings but no blood relation. The stigma is still there as they fight their attraction and desperately try to keep their feelings hidden from family and society. And I kinda liked it!
>>> The history. When they were teens they were kidnapped and held for weeks before finally being released. It left them both damaged and 17 years later they're still dealing with the fall out of both the trauma and the sexual bond they created while they were held captive.
>>> I liked both Dallas and Jane. At least from what you see of them. You really don't get to know them all that well other than what they've gone through in the past and that they have a thing for each other and are tormented by it. But there was nothing about them that really bothered me. I was good with them.
>>> The Heat. Now this is in the icky bit too but the good part was the chemistry between these two. They definitely have it going on but other than for the most part they do a lot of starting and stopping before anything too good happens. It does eventually but has a bit of a twist which was different.
>>> The mystery. The people behind their kidnapping were never found and Dallas has made it his life's mission to hunt them down and figure out why he and Jane were kidnapped. There's a little stalking thread as well with him receiving some obsessive letters. I think that will end up being rather predictable but we shale see. I do wish a little more had been put into the mystery plotline but it was pretty good and kept me guessing and curious.
The icky bits!
>>> Early on before the hero/heroine get together there's a scene where he's with two women. He's got his mouth on one pussy. His fingers in another pussy. The heroine shows up right after they've finished and sees em all and bails (she'd not seen the hero in a long while) and he chases after her and less than like 20 minutes after the hero's had his mouth on stranger pussy he and the heroine are making out. And all I can think is ewwwww you've now got random unknown skank juice all in your mouth! I just could NOT let that go. It wasn't even mentioned. They just go about like nothing happened. And it stuck with me the whole damn book.
>>> The other issue I had was that one of the main sex scenes is a flashback to when they were 15 years old and captive. And it is a detailed sex scene with clit sucking and all. And, nope. I just have no desire at all to see 15 year olds fucking. Even in a flashback. That's just icky and gross and really unnecessary. It's one thing to know they had sex back then but detailed on the page...nope. And, of course, even though they're both virgins and terrified it's the best...sex...ever!
Will I continue?
Probably. Maybe. This ends on a semi cliffhanger. They're in a HFN and the cliffy has to do with the mystery and the next stages of that being figured out. So it worked and didn't leave me grumbly. And while I had some issues with the sexy bits I wouldn't mind seeing where things go from here. I'm not having a case of major grabby hands though. I was kind of underwhelmed by the writing as a whole and expected more...something. More developed maybe? The writing was pretty basic. Not a bad thing but I really thought it would be more rich. So this one is more an I'll read it when I read it kind of series and probably a library borrow if I'm not sent the next for review. ...more
Sweet, heartwarming and funny with a little sappy cheesy goodness on the side. lol I had a good time with Love of the Game. I'm a total tart when it comes to sports romances so a baseball player and his physical therapist was just begging me to read it. Plus the cover which is just to die for sweet and romantic...I was a goner.
The quick of it is that Axel has hurt his shoulder and with rehab not going all that well the team has basically said you have this risky surgery or we're out of options. Buuuut the newbie physical therapist has another idea and they're granted one week to hide away in her country town and see if they can do what it takes to show the team enough improvement to skip the surgery.
I really liked Axel and Kasha. They're easy people to like. Funny, witty, kind. A bit stubborn--okay a LOT stubborn--and cocky on Axel's part. Fiercly determined and dedicated to what they're doing in life but also somewhat removed and watching things from the outside. They've got just enough trauma in their pasts to make your heart really go out to them and show how strong they both are to have overcome what they'd been through. Just damaged enough to need the right person to come in and help them heal, too. Oh and Kasha is a vegetarian (me too!). I liked seeing that. I also loved that Axel was totally cool with that. Didn't tease her or make a big deal out of it and even had veggie meals with her. Might not seem like a big deal but kinda is and totally had me falling just a little more for him :D
They had lovely chemistry and after a bit of a blip in bed were on fire there too. Though it does take a while because of their working relationship. Wilde did something different with their first time and I totally loved it. It was unique to romance books and more realistic and totally worked for me.
There's not a ton of sports time since he's healing and doing rehab for his shoulder so you don't see a lot of him on the job other than doing rehab but you do see Kasha on the job as well as with her family--she had a huge decision to make that really changed her family life--and I really loved that that element was added into the mix.
All in all, Love of the Game was a dreamy, romantic, and make-you-laugh fun. I loved watching these two heal and figure out what was most important in life. They both went through such a journey and it was just lovely to watch it unfold....more
Hot, sweet, sexy as all hell. The SEAL's Second Chance was one deliciously romantic romp. So. It's been ten years since Jamie and Charlie have seen each other-- she's been rocking the sports world as a pro basketball player and he's a Navy SEAL--but they're both home for an awards ceremony and Jamie? He's ready to make up for time lost. Charlie's had his heart since they were kids in high school but nothing ever came of it but now? Oh yeah, he's gonna get his girl and he's gonna keep her too. *nods* Just has to convince her first.
I loved these two. They grew up on different sides of the track but they had a common bond with basketball. Something that still pulls them together. I loved their little bit of history for them. Their competitiveness and the fire in both of them. And I just liked them. They were fun and sexy and knock out good people.
And the heat simmering between them...scorching! Calhoun knows how to bring the hot and steamy and make a girl squirm. And these two totally made me squirm.
I really liked that while there were steamy bits and funny bits the serious ones were also touched on. Her upbringing which still weighed on her and his career in the SEALs as well. It made them feel real and just tugged at the heart.
All in all, Calhoun can rock a novella. The SEAL's Second Chance ended on more of a HFN kind of thing but it was still satisfying and dreamy. Can't go wrong with that. I do hope there will be another novella in the series--his brother maybe? with a little bit of an update on these two down the line. If you're looking for a sweet steamy afternoon read this is definitely it....more
Sexy with a heavy dose of Ohmigod, yes, please! The SEAL's Rebel Librarian was a naughty little treat as Emily--who is a librarian (yay!)--decides it's time to go a little crazy and do all the things she wasn't allowed to try during her stiffing marriage. Sky diving and motorcycle buying topping that list. A sexy temporary fling with a younger man? Hell yeah that's getting added to her list of things to do now too!
So many lickable things. So. Many. I loved Jack. He's all alpha male and full of sexy charm! He's also dealing with some PTSD from his days as a SEAL and is in therapy. A very interesting combo for the hero seeing both sides of him and dealing with his body/mind not always being rock solid like he's used to.
She's a librarian!!! I really enjoyed Emily. I loved seeing her taking some risks and grabbing control of her life. Doing all those things she's wanted to do but not hadn't been allowed to do during her marriage. She's fun and sexy and sweet.
"May I try on your coat?"
He stared up at her. "What?"
"When I buy that bike, I'll need protective gear," she said. "That one looks nice and warm."
A bit bewildered, he shouldered out of the coat and handed it to her.
"Oof," she said, and wandered out of sight, presumably in search of a mirror. Her voice was muffled, distant when she spoke again. "It's heavy."
"It would weigh less in your size. It's good for fall and spring riding," he said absently, falling back on details, specifics, on being helpful. He picked up his whiskey and tossed it back. "Get lightweight leathers for the summer, but loose enough to layer thermals under...neath..."
His voice trailed off, because she was standing in the doorway, wearing thigh-high seamed stockings and his coat, her hair a tousled wreck around her face. The coat all but swallowed her up, but she hadn't zipped the front, so he could see the pale lace of her bra and panties, mostly hidden by the heavy drape of leather and sheepskin.
"Oh," he said, somewhat stupidly. "Damn."
"I like it," she said. "Very warm. What do you think?"
These two were seriously hot. They have a delicious zing between them from their very first meet at her library and they don't waste much time hitting the sheets or, well, counter in this case. lol Hot, heavy and explosive. These two don't hold anything back and good lord it was fabulous. Dirty and passionate. Gah yes! Just the right amount of curl your toes goodness.
It was a good time with these two. The sexy bits...obviously. Because seriously NOMS! But everything else too. Bike shopping, riding, maybe jumping out of a perfectly good plane. Their adventures together were fun and endearing.
Even though there was a lot of heat and light hearted moments there was a lot of depth to these two and I liked that there were some serious elements included as well--her with her damaged confidence and trust and him dealing with his PTSD. I thought his being in therapy was an amazing thing to add into the storyline. There's such a stigma on getting help and I loved that it was included. It was nice to see that other side to the fun loving sexy elements.
I had two kinda sorta issues. I didn't love some added in drama towards the end and thought the L word was brandied about way too soon but I still liked the romance side of things so...okay. And then there was the editing. It could very well have been fixed before final copy but I didn't hear back from the publisher so I'm judging based on what I read and there were some consistency things that were very distracting. Him parking the car then taking off his helmet and swinging his leg over his bike. Ems. Yeah.
Overall, hot damn and can I have another, please? lol I'm loving this novella series from Calhoun....more